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post #1 of 12 Old 03-17-2016, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Soft saddlebags

Does anybody make a set of soft saddlebags that doesn't need a rack bolted to the bike? I ask because I have a large tail bag and most likely wouldn't use them much. I have a set of aluminum panners that have the rack stays on the boxes and are easy off and on. I just don't like them. Dumb I know. I think I will sell them.

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Does anybody make a set of soft saddlebags that doesn't need a rack bolted to the bike? I ask because I have a large tail bag and most likely wouldn't use them much. I have a set of aluminum panners that have the rack stays on the boxes and are easy off and on. I just don't like them. Dumb I know. I think I will sell them.

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I have a set of bags that velcro together over the seat. I made a strap with loops on it and the seat bolts hold it to the seat. I then thread the bag straps through that. Imagine a belt and a pair of pants.

You can see my set up in person. I see you're in Knoxville.
I'm in Oliver Springs and live on the "Devils Triangle".

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Thanks I would like to see them. My bike is in the shop hope to have it med next week we should meet up and ride the DT.

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[QUOTE=tntom;477226]Thanks I would like to see them. My bike is in the shop hope to have it med next week we should meet up and ride the DT.

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My saddleman bags are throw over and have straps to mount to a side rack. So you don't need a side rack to keep them in place but kinda need side racks to keep any bag away from the rear tire.

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I use both Firstgear Silverstone and Firstgear Onyx.
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They are very similar and cost about the same. I think I like the Onyx a little better. They have two large sturdy Velcro straps for throw-over application. I use them on long distance dirt road routes (TAT, GDR, TCAT....). They stay in place over very rough trails and are easy to throw off when I drop the bike to make picking it up easier. No need for racks.

They have waterproof liners, but if you run them underwater, the zippers will leak a little. I put my heavy tools and parts in them and also a ski jacket in a waterproof compression sack.

I put some exhaust pipe insulation on the muffler and strapped a piece of 1/2" pipe along the muffler with large hose clamps to hold the plastic out from the muffler and provide air passage.
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KLR Bags. Can be had on ebay.




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KLR Bags. Can be had on ebay.



Thread-Jack! I'm sorry.
I have burned my 1987 right hand side panel and my 1981 Chase Harper Saddlebags on my 1987 KLR, because of no bag supports. Be careful!

Fox Fader,
I think I counted 7 mods in your signature line? When are you going to be "brave enough" to do the PDW 100% Oil filtration Mod?
It consists of drilling 1 hole and filling the original hole with epoxy, + 1 'o'-ring!
The PDW oil flow mods are even easier!

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Thread-Jack! I'm sorry.
I have burned my 1987 right hand side panel and my 1981 Chase Harper Saddlebags on my 1987 KLR, because of no bag supports. Be careful!

Fox Fader,
I think I counted 7 mods in your signature line? When are you going to be "brave enough" to do the PDW 100% Oil filtration Mod?
It consists of drilling 1 hole and filling the original hole with epoxy, + 1 'o'-ring!
The PDW oil flow mods are even easier!
That's one I don't have any plans on doing.

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..........I have burned my 1987 right hand side panel and my 1981 Chase Harper Saddlebags on my 1987 KLR, because of no bag supports. Be careful!
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Paul, you have seen my KLR. I put 1/2" fire proofing blanket on the out side of the upper and lower muffler and covered it with a sheet metal pipe saddle held in place with large hose clamps. I also strapped a piece of 1/2" pipe along the muffler to hold the plastic out for air flow. I use soft bags and no racks.

Before doing this I melted an inner tube in the bag. After, no problems. It seems that when I see people with racks on long distance rides on rough roads, they are always looking for a welder to fix their racks.
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